* New Jersey fire. A fire destroys many businesses that had just been rebuilt in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
* BC salmon run. Pink salmon are returning to the Fraser River in droves -- more than three times as many as initial estimates.
* Penashue obituary. Labrador Innu elder Francis Penashue leaves the world the from the same place he arrived - a tent on the land.
* Ig Nobel awards. We celebrate the world's most improbable science awards - handed out by Nobel laureates.
* Reading: Bat Day. The last chapter in our summer reading list tells a wonderful story about dreams and baseball.
Adding inferno to injury. After almost a year, businesses in New Jersey's Seaside Park were recovering from Hurricane Sandy -- and then a raging fire destroyed all they had rebuilt.
Departing the way he arrived. Innu elder Francis Penashue was born in a tent -- and last night, in a tent set up on the grounds of a hospital where he was being treated, he died.
In the pink. An alarming dearth of salmon in British Columbia rivers becomes a stunning surplus, as the fish suddenly arrive in the millions.
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. In a special cusp-of-autumn reading of his story about Bat Day at Yankee Stadium in 1921, author Steven Hayward knocks it out of the park.
All work and some play made Ray a Dolby. We'll celebrate the life and work of a pioneer of sound, with another pioneer of sound -- the musician Thomas Dolby.
And...what is the charge for one hand clapping? The president of Belarus is awarded an Ig Nobel Award for arresting a one-armed man for applauding -- and so are the scientists who studied how to predict when a cow will stand, and when it will lie down.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that knows scientists are sometimes prone to study the often-prone.
First, it was a trial by storm. Now, it's a trial by fire.
Last night, a fire ripped through New Jersey's Seaside Park -- destroying dozens of boardwalk businesses.
Many of those businesses had only recently rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Bubba DeMuro owns Bubba's Doghouse restaurant. We reached him on the road near Medford, New Jersey.
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Maria Mourani said that she had cried. And the Montreal MP had that look in her eyes as she stepped in front of the cameras this morning.
Ms. Mourani was speaking publicly for the first time since her split yesterday with the Bloc Quebecois. Her sin: refusing to support the Parti Quebecois plan to ban Quebec's public workers from wearing what it's calling conspicuous religious symbols.
Reporters asked Ms. Mourani how difficult her decision had been. Here's some of what followed, for the record.
Last month, there was no fishing allowed on BC's Fraser River, over concerns about the amount of salmon returning to spawn. This week, however, some 26 million pink salmon have entered the Fraser, and the river is reportedly so thick with fish it's hard to see the bottom in some places. And fishermen are overjoyed.
Les Jantz is the B-C interior area manager of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and he's also the co-chair of the Fraser River Panel on the Pacific Salmon Commission. We reached him in Vancouver.
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Many will be booing the fact that great audio pioneer, Ray Dolby, is no longer with us. But there will be no hisses.
Mr. Dolby has died in San Francisco, aged 80. And through his famous Dolby Labaratories, he boosted music listening pleasure for a generation, with his noise reduction technologies -- and left an important mark on the cinema sound of today.
To find out more about Ray Dolby, we got in touch with someone who was blinded by the Dolby science -- and who also happens to be his namesake. We reached the musician Thomas Dolby in Bristol, England.
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He was born in a tent, and grew up on the land. And last night, life came full circle for respected Labrador elder Francis Penashue.
The former Innu chief had been in a hospital in Happy Valley Goose Bay. But for his final moments, his family was allowed to move him to a traditional tent that they set up on the grounds.
Kanani Penashue-Davis is Francis Penashue's daughter. We reached her in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador.
He left the world on a string. A lot of strings.
Just one week after a team of fellow Americans tried and failed to navigate the Northwest Passage by jet ski, a man named Jonathan Trappe set out on an equally ambitious expedition: to cross the north Atlantic, suspended by a cluster of multi-coloured helium balloons.
Never mind that it is the middle of hurricane season.
On Thursday, to a crowd of cheering fans and to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner", Mr. Trappe drifted away from Caribou, Maine. If all went according to plan, he would arrive in France in a matter of days.
Very quickly, things did not go according to plan.
Jonathan Trappe was rescued from a remote part of Newfoundland's west coast this afternoon -- by none other than CBC reporter Lindsay Bird. For the record, here she is, speaking with a relieved Mr. Trappe.
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For a scientist with the right sense of humour, it's the highest honour imaginable.
Once again, the Ig Nobel awards are celebrating the more improbable research projects being undertaken in the worlds of science and academia. So if you want to know how opera can help rodent heart patients, the relationship between the Milky Way and dung beetles, or you simply want to find out when cows will lie down, then stay tuned.
The annual Ig Nobel awards were held last night. And the man behind the whole afffair was Marc Abrahams. We reached Mr. Abrahams in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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There's an old joke about a guy who bangs his head against a wall over and over again. When someone asks him why, he says, "Because it feels so good when I stop."
Well, evidently, that might apply to the U.S. Congress. Apparently, to Americans across the political spectrum, watching members of that august body get nothing done, and then blame each other for it, is like banging one's head against a wall. And, if a new poll is anything to go by, it feels so good when they stop.
A new Gallup poll shows that Congressional approval ratings have skyrocketed over the past month, from 14 per cent to a 19 per cent.
When I say "skyrocketed", I guess I mean "climbed very slowly and not that much, stopping to gasp for breath."
What could be responsible for this momentous shift in public support? Well, Gallup thinks it might be related to Congress's perceived skepticism regarding a strike on Syria -- skepticism shared by a majority of Americans. But there could be a more simple, more depressing reason. Americans' approval for the job Congress is doing could have risen over the last month because... Congress has been on an extended recess.
So it seems like citizens of the U.S. prefer their Congress to do nothing on purpose. Which, by extension, is good news for Canada's parliamentarians. Enjoy the prorogation, everyone -- because if you want a bump in your approval, it's best to do nothing, in particular.
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If the architects of the Oslo accords -- signed twenty years ago today -- could have peered two decades into the future, they no doubt would have been sorely disappointed.
But that sunny September 13th, 1993 -- which saw Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat grasp hands, between the outstretched arms of a smiling US President Bill Clinton -- was full of hope and promise. It marked the first time that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had come together to sign a peace agreement -- the culmination of months of secret negotiations between the two sides held in Oslo, Norway.
The agreement outlined specific goals in the ongoing peace process: namely, the withdrawal of Israel from occupied territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the establishment of Palestinian statehood. Israel also officially recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization as the legitimate government of the Palestinians. For its part, the P-L-O acknowledged Israel's right to exist, while renouncing terrorism and its call for the destruction of the Israeli state.
At the ceremony, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders took turns making speeches. From our archives, here is some of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's address:
Here now is some of what Yasser Arafat, then-Chairman of the PLO, had to say at the Oslo Accord ceremony, from our archives.
As some of you may know, I'm an avid cyclist. And the other night, I dreamed I was competing in the Tour de France. And because it was my dream, I was keeping up with the best of them, riding side-by-side. And then I started to pull away from the pack. And as I approached the finish line, hands raised and ready to breast the tape, my alarm clock went off. And I had to get up and go to work.
That's what the onset of fall is like. It's the alarm clock that abruptly wakes us from our summer slumber and reminds us that it's time to get off the dock, put on a sweater, and get back to work.
So to make summer last just a little bit longer, tonight we thought we'd share a story about the boys of summer. From his collection Buddha Stephens and Other Stories, here is Steven Hayward, reading his short story "August 7th, 1921."
We are not going into extra innings for this show. That's because we are out of time for As It Happens for this Friday the 13th.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Ben Edwards, Chris Harbord, David McDougall...
Adam Killick, Naheed Mustafa, Kevin Robertson, Pedro Sanchez and Kate Swoger. Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves. Meriha Beaton is our intern. The show director is Kevin Ball. Chris Howden is the show writer.
John Perry is the Senior Producer.. and the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: Yvonne Gall in Vancouver, Michael O'Halloran in Calgary, Marianne Klowak in Winnipeg, Ken Puley in Radio Archives in Toronto, Michael D-Souza also in Toronto, Susan McKenzie in Montreal, and Marie Wadden in Montreal.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Have a good weekend.